The University of Mississippi has experienced much turmoil due to the result of racial issues that have been present among its students and faculty. The racial tension of the university started in the 1960s, when the first African American student James Meredith integrated. Much of the student body disagreed with the integration of James Meredith and decided to rebel by starting a riot on the school campus. The riot that dispersed in the 1960s changed the course of Ole Miss history by encouraging its students to progress and prevent similar events. Throughout the course of time, the university has moved forward by having 17% of African American student’s attending the campus today and having the first African American student body president. From the 1960s to present day the school has made much progress through it’s football team, the first African American student body president, and through a new race organization that focuses on the racial tensions that exist in the school. With such progression, the school still follows some of the traditions that were established from the Civil War such as chanting “the south will rise again”, holding the confederate flag, and still holding riots. African American students that attend the school today, feel uncomfortable and feel a disrespect of their own individuality. Meanwhile the Caucasian students that attend Ole Miss, believe that the university has become a historical site, on where the cultures of the school have evolved.The students see Col Reb and the song “Dixie with Love” as a big part of the schools cultural history and by taking it away it would change the entire meaning of the university.

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